CORNWALL ONTARIO – Cornwall City Council finally agreed at a residential tax hike for this budget of just under 2%.
Much gnashing of teeth and rendering of garments as Councilor Elaine MacDonald and her pet monkey bemoaned the small increase after failing to bump it up to near 3%.
“We are looking at this the wrong way around, we have a community and society because we invest in it with taxes. We have this attitude that tax is bad. Tax is good.”
Tax is never good. Any politician that believes that, never mind states it shouldn’t be a politician. We have to tax because costs have gone up or we’ve failed to manage our money.
Here’s the short version of why we tax. We pool up all the fees, revenues, and monies we collect for the city each year. The extra we need we have to levy taxes for.
There’s always a reasonable amount expected to be paid in tax, but most people sincerely hope that it’s well spent and that our governments don’t abuse the process.
Ms MacDonald is a retired school teacher, chair of the Labour Council, and severely conflicted NDP leader locally who gives the party their cliched reputation.